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Dental Hygiene


The program in dental hygiene starts in the fall of each year. Prospective students should complete the Transfer Student Online Application and indicate "Dental Hygiene BS" for "unit of study."

Applications and application materials are all processed through the U-M's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Prospective students should apply by February 1 of the year acceptance is desired in order to receive equal consideration with other applicants. For important directions on completing the transfer student application (Common Application) see Tips & Tricks. You can read more about the University of Michigan's admissions policies on the Admissions website. For tuition information, see the Office of the Registrar's website.

Procedure for Selection

The U-M Dental Hygiene Program has competitive enrollment. Applications are received from August 1 until February 1 of the starting year. However, the program reserves the right to keep application submissions open until early August of the enrollment year. All completed applications are sent to the Admissions Committee for review. The committee then thoroughly evaluates each application to ensure the applicant has met all prerequisite requirements and obtained the necessary number of credit hours for entrance. Each student’s application essays are read and reviewed for completeness and comprehensiveness of response. Applicants are then notified whether or not their application is accepted, denied, or deferred. Accepted students begin the program fall semester of the year they applied.

Students enter the dental hygiene program as sophomores. All candidates must complete the equivalent of thirty (30) semester hours of college-level work in liberal arts. Prerequisite courses include:

  • Chemistry (preferably with laboratory)
  • English composition
  • Speech
  • Introductory psychology
  • Introductory sociology
  • Recommended Electives: Biology, Pathophysiology, other college-level science-based courses, English composition II or other writing intensive course
  • It is highly recommended that for interested students to have an academic advising meeting with Dental Hygiene Program Director prior to applying

High school graduates desiring to spend their first year of study for the dental hygiene program at the University of Michigan should apply for admission to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Admission to the dental hygiene program is based upon scholastic achievements. Consideration is given to applications from all qualified resident and non-resident candidates. Applicants are encouraged to arrange an interview, the purpose of which is to acquaint the prospective student with the areas of study in dental hygiene and with the university campus. E-mail for more information.

Required Tests

If you took the ACT or SAT as a high school student, you should send those scores to the University so they can be evaluated as part of your transfer application. If your ACT or SAT scores are not posted on your high school transcript, please have the scores sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If you have not yet had your scores reported to the University of Michigan, you may request to have them sent online using these links:

  • ACT (U-M code is 2062)
  • SAT (U-M code is 1839)

Rush paper scores are not accepted.

NOTE: If you did not take the ACT or SAT as a high school student, these scores will not be required as part of your transfer application to the University of Michigan, and you should not sit for the exams as a college student.

MELAB, TOEFL, or IELTS test scores are required of all speakers of English as a second language. Please click here for minimum score requirements.

Application Materials

All transfer students are required to submit the following prior to the deadline date:

  • Completed application (The Common Application). For important directions on completing the transfer student application, see Common Application Tips and Tricks.
  • Final official secondary school record (high school), including 9th–12th grades, test data, and graduation date
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (colleges, universities, technical institutes)
  • Three (3) essays
  • Application fee
  • Test scores (ACT, SAT, MELAB, TOEFL, IELTS), if applicable

Insurance Requirements

U-M School of Dentistry dental hygiene students (excluding online degree students) are required to complete the Health Insurance Submit Form in MiTools to demonstrate coverage for the current year at a minimum level of health insurance.

For more information, see Health Insurance Guidelines.

Infectious and Bloodborne Diseases: The U-M Dental Hygiene Program complies with institutional, local, state, and federal regulations on bloodborne pathogen diseases, ionizing radiation, and hazardous materials. Students in the Program follow CDC, OSHA, and other guidelines to protect themselves and their patients from occupational exposure to these hazards. In addition, the Program has policies and procedures related to individuals who have bloodborne infectious disease(s).

Transferring Credits

Want to know how your credits will transfer to Michigan? Check the Transfer Equivalency search page to find out. Simply select the institution you're transferring from, and the U-M school or college you are applying to, and you will be able to determine what credits will transfer over.